The Ceramics Bible

Chronicle. Sept. 2011. 288p. ISBN 9781452101620. $40. CRAFTS
This updated edition of Taylor’s (Ceramics Masterclass) comprehensive guide includes an in-depth overview of ceramics, from choosing and preparing clay to forming, glazing, firing, and finishing techniques. Each chapter focuses on a specific step in the process, and Taylor includes a variety of techniques throughout, demonstrating the diverse ways that ceramics are created. Most techniques are illustrated visually, with color photographs and written steps guiding artists through the process. For advanced ceramicists, Taylor includes information about specialized techniques such as raku and wood firing, as well as recipes for glazes and clays. Color photos of finished objects are included throughout the book, as are profiles of notable artists in the field. Taylor rounds the book out with a resources section that includes information for artists interested in pursuing a career in ceramics, including training courses, professional organizations, and suggestions for selling and marketing your work.
VERDICT An essential resource for arts and crafts collections; suitable for ceramicists at all levels of experience.
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